Monday, October 31, 2005

HARRY HOUDINI: PERHAPS THE ONLY CONJURER IN THE WORLD WHO STRIPS STARK NAKED!

(i was watching the history channel special about Harry Houdini. they showed a newspaper clipping about a show he was doing. yes, this was the heading.)
this seems to be going around like wildfire.

although, i take issue to the lumping together of "friends" and "family." i think they're two completely different spheres.

This Is My Life, Rated
Life:
6.2
Mind:
7.6
Body:
5.7
Spirit:
5
Friends/Family:
4
Love:
7.7
Finance:
4.2
Take the Rate My Life Quiz
i've been delinquent in blogginating the countryside these last couple days...thanks to a handy dandy thing we call the research log. at least, that's why i was not blogging yesterday. i swore i was going to work on saturday...but i walked to school, got nothing done, and ended up going home and sleeping all afternoon/evening. i like sleeping.

i am so glad that thing is done. it's twenty pages of "i looked at this book, here's why i looked at this book, and here's what i found in this book! yay!" it's drivel, and i don't know of another law school that forces students to do a log like this in such excruciating detail. at least it's done. i can't guarantee how good my grade on it will be, but at least it's out of my hands.

today sucks. today sucks because my "trial" on my microsoft word has run out, so i can't edit any of my old word files or make any new ones. i am stuck using works until i get a copy of word. this will probably be a while, because word is expensive. word is very expensive. works sucks a lot, but it's also not going to suck at my bank account.

the weekend until sunday was actually very good. friday night was the halloween party. it was really awesome...before the party was happy hour, and everyone showed up there in their halloween costumes. i showed up in my shiny dominatrix cop outfit...which was completely awesome, all the "wtf, i can't believe you did that!" reactions i got for it. that was exactly what i was going for. :)

there were some really awesome costumes that people had. the costume i thought was the most hilarious...some guy, i don't even know who it was, dressed as matthew lesko, that guy who advertises all those "free money" books on tv. i saw him in the courtyard, and i think i started squeaking. i'm sure he thought i was on crack, but he was impressed that i knew he was matthew lesko...and didn't mistake him for the riddler.

the party itself was fun, although rather crowded... we went there on school buses which amused me a lot. man, school bus rides would have been a lot more fun back in the day if i could have a tall, cold beer with me on the bus like i did on friday night. :) it would have made high school so much more tolerable. i wasn't at the party very long, i know we left before 11pm and just metrolinked it back to delmar...

anyway...i don't have any particularly scandalous stories from the party. i didn't cause any trouble, i didn't go home with any strange people (well, the guy i went home with is a weird one, but we knew that already, and that's why i love him!), and the strangest thing that happened were lots of dominatrix jokes, and a few requests for domination that i denied in a rather evil-tease manner... i really need to find more excuses to go out dressed like that. ::halo::

Thursday, October 27, 2005

my legal writing instructor thought i stated my point well in my letter to the editor that was printed in Student Life yesterday. that makes me happy.

::dance dance dance::
art, or someone who's clever enough to get paid over eleven thousand dollars to drink a ton of beer in public?

don't be a hater. admire her cleverness and results.
look! it's a world series blast from the past!

apparently some guy named heinie zimmerman was not very good at his job, as memorialized by one of the more amusing lines of sportswriting i've ever read:

"the great crowd shook with laughter and filled the air with cries of derision at one of the stupidest plays that had ever been seen in a world's series."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

WHITE SOX WIN!!!!!

WHEEEEEEE!!!!!
*angry rant ahead*

i should probably go into more detail about why the "surviving on a public interest" panel is so disconcerting...i was going to write this as a response to kevin's comment, but thought it would probably get so long to warrant its own entry.

there were four panelists. two of them were public interest lawyers who had recently graduated--and both were in $130000 or so of law school debt (which is about twice what i'm going to be in when i leave). one of them was two years out, and one of them was three years out. they were discussing things like the loan repayment program and their thoughts about buying homes and cars, and one of them was talking about what a bummer it was that she was in all this law school debt, plus all this credit card debt. one of them is still working public interest; one of them decided to leave the attorney general's office and go work for a firm, and now does not have to really worry about money.

anyway, the thing that really disturbed me about the entire thing was that both of them discussed their built-in out as far as getting their loans or their living expenses paid. both of them discussed having husbands who made more money than they did, and paid large swaths of their expenses. in other words...to even kick and scream your way through working public interest right out of law school, you're supposed to find someone affluent and marry up? no thanks. any plan that relies on someone else to pay my expenses is suspect...and any plan that involves marriage--or marrying into money--is plumb stupid.

the other two panelists just seemed to be so...contradictory. one of them was a loan officer for the illinois student loan commission; the other was a financial planner for fidelity. the loan officer was beating in how important it was to pay your loan on time and keep your credit good and all. duh. anyway, the financial planner was like, pay yourself first...put money in emergency savings, then in retirement, then in a home savings account, and then pay your bills.

that sounds rather contradictory. what if you don't have all that money to sock away...and you sock it away instead of paying your loans...and then your credit starts to suck as a result? then, you won't be able to buy a house or anything else big in the first place. who in the world are you supposed to listen to--the creditor or the planner? the creditor can ruin your life and make it impossible to do things later...whereas not saving now screws you over, but doesn't put that scarlet letter of bad credit on you.

so...i need to have enough money to both pay all my bills and save up. if i'm to do public interest work, i'm only going to have enough money to pay my bills and live a life that maybe doesn't suck if i marry uncle pennybags...if you're single, forget it.

that's why i conclude...firm whore it is.
i just went to a seminar on how to survive on a public interest salary.

conclusion? i am never going to have any fun outside work. i can either go public interest, be able to litigate sooner, and stress about making rent and loans every month...or i can be a firm whore, not litigate a case until i'm eighty-five, and be able to meet my expenses and not have to worry about money.

i want to litigate, but i'm also really fucking sick of worrying about money, after last year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

i passed my contracts midterm.

*sigh of relief*

Monday, October 24, 2005

this past weekend was fall break. i took that opportunity to go to chicago. it was really fun to be back. it involved lots of time on a bus, but it was well worth it.

thursday, i took the bus down. i overslept, and was afraid i wasn't going to be able to make it on time...i set my alarm for 6:45 because i had not yet packed, and i'm still a little paranoid about transit here. but, i slept right through my alarm, and didn't move a muscle until 7:45. (i'm surprised i got up even then, given how much i drank on wednesday night.) i packed in a frenzy and went out to the bus stop. the bus came...it came too late for me to catch the next bus i was going to take to the bus station, so i decided to risk it and leg it to the station. i walked through some pretty bad areas, but it was broad daylight...and i still got to the station by 9:20. the bus ride was uneventful. when i got into town, i met up with phil, we grabbed some dinner, and then went to mock. it was so awesome being back at mock trial. i got to see all the mockers...and i got to help out in a couple of teams' practices. it was a really short time to be there, and it felt a little weird because i had not been around the team all season, but it still felt so great to be back. at 8, there was a poker game, so i went to play... i busted out of the tournament, but i made a nice bit of money playing cash, so that was awesome. my cards were holding up like a dream, ad i turned $20 into almost $80 before i got so tired i had to go to bed.

friday, people had school and work to do most of that day. i went to giordano's with phil for lunch, because i couldn't go back to chicago without eating chicago style pizza. i took the afternoon to go up to belmont and go shopping for a halloween costume. thrift stores rock. that evening i went to the med with kevin, phil, lisa, abby, jess, and mel, and then kevin, phil, lisa, mel, and i went over to the pub for some beer and monopoly.

saturday was Happy Geeky Game Day. phil, lisa, and i went up to justin and josh's place up in wrigleyville, and kevin came by later. we played a new game, princes of florence...i think i'd like it more if i knew what i was doing. they had all played it once or twice before--i had never seen it. then, we played history of the world...and i came from behind and won, since i got amazingly lucky to go last with a powerful empire in the second to last turn, and basically score it all again the last turn even though my empire sucked, because i was the first to go that turn. after the games, we went to too much light makes the baby go blind. i wish they had that here...i love that show.

sunday, i was on the bus all day. the bus ride was rather uneventful...and i was so glad to be off the bus when i got home. it wasn't a direct route...it was local from chicago to springfield, and then i transferred to another bus to get me the last bit to st. louis. the stop in decatur amused me...it was this sleazy, run-down motel with a sign that was so 1950s that it wasn't even funny.

being back in chicago was a really good feeling. it was great to be back in the city, and it was great to see my friends. i love the city of chicago so much. i like it better than st. louis, no doubt about it. but, never once did i have a sincere thought of "why did i move? why did i leave?" even coming back, i know why i left chicago, and i know it was the right decision for me to make. i'd love to come back and see people as often as possible (new year's!), but i have chris here, and i have law school here, and it's a blast to meet so many new people and explore a new place.
"They tell you at the Law School that the law is a wonderful science--the perfection of reason. Wonderful fiddlesticks! 'Tis in fact a hodge-podge of Roman Law, Bible texts, writings of the Christian fathers, Germanic customes, myths, canon law, superstitions, scraps of feudalism, crazy fictions, and long dead statutes. Your professors try to bring order out of chaos and make sense where the devil himself couldn't find any."

--Caleb Tuckerman (as quoted in Ephraim Tutt, Yankee Lawyer 41 (1943))
thank goodness my legal writing prof has a sense of humour. i am supposed to be doing a checklist of things in this book about legal writing style that i need to keep in mind when i'm doing legal writing. this is amazingly boring. therefore, i am throwing in snarky comments here and there.

this includes a comment on the page that says it's okay to end a sentence in a preposition that reads, "Now I’m convinced my eleventh grade English teacher is going to come to my place and shoot me. If I am not in class next Wednesday, this is why."

this also includes a comment, linked to the page in the book discussing the difference between "it's" and "its", that reads:

"If you want to be possessive, it's just ‘I-T-S.’ But if it's supposed to be a contraction then it's ‘I-T-apostrophe-S,’ scalawag."—Strong Bad

this is followed by a link to Strong Bad email number 89.

go me.
thank goodness my legal writing prof has a sense of humour. i am supposed to be doing a checklist of things in this book about legal writing style that i need to keep in mind when i'm doing legal writing. this is amazingly boring. therefore, i am throwing in snarky comments here and there.

this includes a comment on the page that says it's okay to end a sentence in a preposition that reads, "Now I’m convinced my eleventh grade English teacher is going to come to my place and shoot me. If I am not in class next Wednesday, this is why."

this also includes a comment, linked to the page in the book discussing the difference between "it's" and "its", that reads:

"If you want to be possessive, it's just ‘I-T-S.’ But if it's supposed to be a contraction then it's ‘I-T-apostrophe-S,’ scalawag."—Strong Bad

this is followed by a link to Strong Bad email number 89.

go me.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

perjuries.com is gone.

time to panic.

what am i going to do with myself????

Thursday, October 20, 2005

alright...not much time to say much, as i have some poker to play, but i'm at a computer.

the midterm...we won't talk about it. we'll say contracts is a lost cause.

but, i am in chicago. i spent all day on a bus, but i'm here. i went to mock trial practice today, which was really, really awesome...seeing everyone there made me happy, and the two teams i saw practice are looking good. :)

last night...was beer-pong-errific. i have not played that much beer pong in my life. i suck at beer pong, but it's so much fun.

anyway...time to go play some cards with the old poker crew. sweet.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

classes done.

midterm, not done. it's in two hours. i still need to do my Last Minute Cramming...but i decided to go straight to the web after class and figure out how to get to the greyhound stop from home on public transportation.

that, i've done.

i have come to the conclusion that i'd do a lot better on my midterm if it were about public transit and not contracts. public transit is shiny. contract law is not shiny.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

this is spreading like wildfire, and doing memes is more fun than doing contracts.

The Suicide Girl
47% Sexy-Cute, 28% Dark-Light, 32% Artsy-Stylish

Cute, Dark, and Artsy, it's the Suicide Girl. A cousin of the Goth
Girl, she's a little more on the cute side than the sexy side. Her
interesting hair and impish smile make a certain kind of person wonder
how her unique outfits would look lying crumpled beside the bed. By the
way, if you don't get this category name, you don't know your
Palahniuk... or your internet porn.



If you liked my test, Please rate it highly! Thanks!


Also, make sure to check out my Beautiful Faces Test if you haven't already.


See All The Categories
















































































































SexyDarkArtsyThe Goth Girl
SexyDarkNot Artsy or StylishThe Brooding Poet
SexyDarkStylishThe Mistress
SexyNot Dark or LightArtsyThe Hippie Chick
SexyNot Dark or LightNot Artsy or StylishThe Hot Friend
SexyNot Dark or LightStylishThe Sorority Girl
SexyLightArtsyThe Actress
SexyLightNot Artsy or StylishYour Friend's Sister
SexyLightStylishThe Prom Queen
CuteDarkArtsyThe Suicide Girl
CuteDarkNot Artsy or StylishThe Bad Girl
CuteDarkStylishThe Bettie Page Girl
CuteNot Dark or LightArtsyThe Art Student
CuteNot Dark or LightNot Artsy or StylishThe Girl Next Door
CuteNot Dark or LightStylishThe Debutante
CuteLightArtsyThe New Age chick
CuteLightNot Artsy or StylishThe Favorite Friend
CuteLightStylishThe Cheerleader




My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 40% on Sexy-Cute
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 4% on Dark-Light
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 13% on Artsy-Stylish
Link: The Your Type of Girl Test written by dgc20e on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


mmmm. suicide girls. :)
if midterm time is this awful, and turns me into, alternately, such a self-loathing loser and an illogical bitch, i'm afraid of what a despicable creature finals week is going to turn me into.

i'd say more, but there's no more to say.
alright...i already have this midterm to worry about, and then now i just got called on for a case in torts. we only had a couple minutes to spend on the case today, but we're going to get into it tomorrow...so now, i not only have to be ready for my contracts midterm tomorrow, but i also have to read and reread and reread and know tarasoff like the back of my hand. any other time of the semester, i wouldn't care that my number was up...but i just don't need this today. i'm shaking in exasperation.

although, i did have a premonition this was going to happen. i had a premonition this morning that torts was going to do this to me right before my contracts midterm...and i knew, just as the professor was concluding discussing tubbs and about to move to tarasoff, that he was going to grumble...ms. persecuted crack smoker...
this is the most moronic thing i have ever seen.

i am watching eye for an eye, and this father and son are suing a martial arts teacher for not teaching the kid how to defend himself. apparently, the bullies still beat the kid up, and the kid is complaining to his father that he is being taught meditation. this father is the stupidest guy ever, and this kid is just as stupid as his father...they're both completely ignoring the fact that martial arts is not all about beating the crap out of people. it's awful that they brought this martial arts teacher to the show. i don't know why he dignified these morons by actually appearing on the show.

i hope they rule for the defendant, the teacher...and that the father and son are somehow punished for being the stupidest people i've ever seen on a court show.

Monday, October 17, 2005

my brain is starting to sour on contracts, so i'm taking a short break.

i have all of my actual reading and briefing and other assorted homework for the week all done. now, all i have left is the most important and daunting task of all: readying myself for the contracts midterm.

the good news is, i already have an outline of the chapters that the midterm covers, chapters 1 and 2 of the book. i think my strategy is going to be:

1. re-read chapters 1 and 2 of the textbook.
2. as i read, take notes of the light bulbs that go off--i.e., concepts that weren't so clear in class, but as i re-read them in the book, they now make sense.
3. re-read my class notes and jot down related light bulbs.
4. look over...and over...and over..and over my outline.
5. make up my one-word outline...a list of ten or so Large Concepts that i will memorize and jot down as the exam starts, and go over one by one when the questions ask me to do some classic Issue Spotting.

so far, i'm doing pretty well...i am about a third of the way through the re-reading. i've had a few Light Bulbs, but it's mostly a sense of "yeah, this is quite familiar and quite clear." still, i'm glad i'm forcing myself to re-read, since it's the most in-depth review possible of all the material i need to know for the test.

just need to get through all of this contracts studying, get myself ready for this exam, and then take the test. the test is wednesday afternoon from 3:45-5:15.

then, it's fall break...which ought to equal Happy Chicago Time. :)
my brain is starting to sour on contracts, so i'm taking a short break.

i have all of my actual reading and briefing and other assorted homework for the week all done. now, all i have left is the most important and daunting task of all: readying myself for the contracts midterm.

the good news is, i already have an outline of the chapters that the midterm covers, chapters 1 and 2 of the book. i think my strategy is going to be:

1. re-read chapters 1 and 2 of the textbook.
2. as i read, take notes of the light bulbs that go off--i.e., concepts that weren't so clear in class, but as i re-read them in the book, they now make sense.
3. re-read my class notes and jot down related light bulbs.
4. look over...and over...and over..and over my outline.
5. make up my one-word outline...a list of ten or so Large Concepts that i will memorize and jot down as the exam starts, and go over one by one when the questions ask me to do some classic Issue Spotting.

so far, i'm doing pretty well...i am about a third of the way through the re-reading. i've had a few Light Bulbs, but it's mostly a sense of "yeah, this is quite familiar and quite clear." still, i'm glad i'm forcing myself to re-read, since it's the most in-depth review possible of all the material i need to know for the test.

just need to get through all of this contracts studying, get myself ready for this exam, and then take the test. the test is wednesday afternoon from 3:45-5:15.

then, it's fall break...which ought to equal Happy Chicago Time. :)
screw you, rule against perpetuities. screw you and the horse you rode in on.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

white sox are going to the world series.

that's shiny. :D
i do not have any Reforma on my iTunes.

this is a bad thing.

when i get home, i am raiding my CD collection, grabbing all of my Reforma discs, and putting all that music on my iTunes.

i've got some Madina Lake, but it's just not the same.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

ughhhh...it's mornings like this when i begin to wonder why i party. last night was so much fun, but i was a moron, did not drink any water, and am therefore hung over this morning. it was so great getting out to a party though...i hadn't been out to a party in way too long. the vast majority of the 1L and 2L classes were at that party...i just ran around, talked to people, and drank altogether too much bad beer. i don't think i did anything particularly moronic or scandalous, so that was good.

maybe i did one thing moronic. the party was all the way out on pennsylvania, north of olive. i walked home from said party--all the way home...three and a half miles...late at night...while pretty darn trashed. i'm pretty proud of myself for making it all the way home, and just for walking that long. i got a lot of walking in yesterday, since i walked from school up to the party as well

and i'm about to go to a winery; outlaw is having their trip today. i don't know how i'll actually stomach any wine, but it should be a fun little outing.

right now i'm watching press your luck in the student lounge. i love it...whammies on a large shiny television, making high pitched noises and taking people's money. this is a great episode so far...the people are stupid and didn't get very many spins, and most of the spins were whammies. everyone ended the first round with no money. it's amazing.

i got to see some of my favourite whammies from my youth. there was one, dressed up like a political candidate with a little sash that says "vote" on it...and he says "if elected, i will raise your taxes!!" and then cackles maniacally. then, they showed another one, with a whammy on a dollar bill instead of george washington, who says "i cannot tell a lie! you lose!" whammies amuse me lots and lots.

lastly...random quiz. nerdy. shiny. yay. ::civpro::

YOU ARE RULE 20(a)!

You are Rule 20, an important part of the Federal
Rules' policy of permissive joinder. You are
designed specifically to allow as many parties
in an action as can be tried efficiently, and
you'll include someone as long as there is some
factual overlap between a claim involving them
and the rest of the case at hand. You are
popular, out-going, and are never far from
friends. However, your overly gregarious
nature and magnanimous approach do make things
a bit crowded--you're the reason that lawsuits
are often cluttered with innumerable parties
and even more numberous claims for relief.
Still, despite the crowds that you attract, you
can't argue with the efficiency of getting
everything done at once!


Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Friday, October 14, 2005

i got to school this morning, only to find that there's an article in the devil's advocate mocking me for a blonde-moment i had a few weeks ago. not just a blurb, but a full blown article.

that's special.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

we were assigned to peer-edit someone else's memo. after editing the memo i received, i know why we're spending the next couple of weeks on grammar and stylistic stuff.

i don't know whose memo it is. i know it was missing periods at the ends of sentences. i know it was missing necessary commas. i know it had spelling errors. i know it had usage errors.

i think the writer was up until 4am writing this, and around 2am completely forgot everything they learned about writing a memo. after the first few paragraphs, it didn't lay out analogous cases clearly before comparing facts within to facts of the case at hand. it didn't discuss the merits of opposing arguments before haphazardly trying to rip them to shreds. it started throwing lists of facts of the problem, without really tying them in to any analogous facts or rationale. i know the writer knows how to do this, because the first few pages were clearly organized...but it imploded, and it was a terror to read.

i'm glad i don't know who wrote that paper, and i'm glad whoever wrote that paper has no idea that i looked at theirs. it was a disaster, and now i'm fuming.
i have no class today...usually i have three on thursdays, but all of my profs cancelled. i was asleep by 11 or so last night, and i didn't get out of bed until about 10:30 this morning. all in all, a wonderful beginning to a day. i have to get to the land records office to do a title search on my apartment (ughhhh...boring!), so i need to be wearing something other than my bathrobe soon, but oh well...

i've been watching reruns of love connection on game show network. that show amuses me so much. a particularly priceless episode was just on. there were two dates, and both of them were more amusing than anything that could be on blind date or any of those other newfangled dating shows. one of them, the two people on the date were talking about handcuffs at the movies and whipped cream backrubs...and it was so amusing to hear them try and keep their date rated PG for 1980's TV.

the second date was a train wreck. they just didn't connect at all...and at the end of the description, the guy was like "variety is the spice of life. i think you need to see other men." they were just being so snarky to each other. i think he should have kicked him...she was a total Entitlement Bitch, expecting the guy to do absolutely everything for her, expecting any guy she dates to routinely clean her house, and expecting this guy to BUY HER CLOTHES on the first date.. she was a jerk.

ah, i love being lazy and watching bad tv. i did this so much last year...but now i do it so infrequently that it's such a treat, the rare afternoons i get to sit on my duff without my nose in a book.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

apparently, the next couple weeks of legal writing class are only going to be about how not to make grammar and spelling errors in your writing.

i wonder if i can bring several witnesses to attest to the fact that i am The Grammar Bitch, in addition to a stickler for spelling, and let that exempt me from class these next few weeks.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

alright...there's a meme going around, and i finally caved in to do it. you go to google, type in "[your first name] needs", and post the most amusing things that pop up. (i'm just doing all of them because i got so few hits. according to google...

--Nicolle needs someone to pose as her lover (yes, this is the first result i got.)
--Nicolle needs it more (the antecedent for "it" is a nap...so true.)
--Nicolle needs help setting up (setting what up? unclear.)
--Nicolle needs your $10/$15 by Wednesday to guarantee you a spot on a team.
--Nicolle needs to call megan so we can go see charlie and the chocolate factory on friday! (apparently i'm some squeaky teenager on myspace.)
--nicolle needs to appologize for being annoying to the boards (surprisingly enough, i didn't find this on perjuries!)
--Nicolle needs Your healing touch! (wheeeee!)
--nicolle needs to get a new game for next month

and, my favourite one of all:

nicolle needs to get the fuck outta my life.
today is national coming out day. for some reason, i thought it was thursday and not today, but i stand corrected.

a happy coming out day to everyone...and here's hoping that someday we'll have a world where sexuality will be an easier thing to present to the world, a world where it's not so scary for queers to take a stand, and make it to the peace of being out of the closet.

Monday, October 10, 2005

i found a link on fark , and the blurb was:

"Is becoming a mom on your to-do list? Columnist lists 10 things you can do to work towards your goal of not ending up as that crazy old spinster aunt with 100 cats"

i start reading the items on the list. reading my way through the first few items, i was laughing...it was funny satire! it had advice like:

"Make those potential long-term relationships your top priority. If you put college or your job first, there's a reasonable chance that a job is all you'll have at 40 ... and 60. Consider the president's new Supreme Court nominee. The unmarried and childless Creepy McCrypto is on the verge of becoming one of the two most powerful professional women in the country – does she really represent the ideal American woman?"

and

"Settle earlier rather than later. I can't tell you how many women I know who blew off good men in their late teens and early 20s who now regret doing so. Those who are not still single at 35 are now married to men generally considered to be of lower quality than the men they spurned before. Remember, your choices narrow as you get older, while men's choices broaden."

absurd, right? i was laughing. i scanned back up to the top of the page to see what the source was, see if they had any more fun satire.

they didn't.

it wasn't even satire. it was dead serious.

i turned back, read the rest of them, but it really wasn't so funny anymore.
we have a problem due for contracts tomorrow. i have no idea how to do it.

i've finished all the rest of my work for tomorrow...except for this ridiculous assignment. i know there's probably some really simple answer to it, it's like one of those riddles, those logic puzzles--like the parts of the puzzle books that i simply skip over in favour of crosswords and other puzzles that i can solve by brute force. i'm not good with turns of mind.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

memo due: 9am tomorrow.

memo done: 7pm tonight.

rock.
well, yesterday was the second day of judging the SLU tournament. after almost losing my faith in mock trial on friday night, yesterday was a reminder of why i had faith in the first place. the fourth round was of about the same quality as the first round, it was good for this point in the season...and the third round was even better. most of third round i would have been happy with in january. the one exception was the crosses, the majority of the cross exams were lacking...but the rest of the performances were extremely solid, and the closing arguments were both excellent. they were clear, they were well-organized, they were interesting to listen to...they were definitely some of the best closings i've seen in any of the rounds that i have judged. i should go to washburn and give 952's defense closer a cookie, and go to umkc and give 520's prosecution closer a cookie. it's the least i could do...well, in addition to giving them both well-deserved 9's.

today, it's back to work. i was feeling tired and sick last night, probably because i'm still not over that cold and because i was up at 6:45 yesterday morning. i woke up feeling pretty bad, but i'm feeling better right now. i have my memo done...i just have to read over it one more time to make super double sure that there aren't any glaring grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, incomplete sentences, or the like. i already edited it earlier today and made order out of the chaos that was some of the paragraphs of the memo, i think it's as clearly argued as i'm going to get it. after i get that printed out and turned in, i have to get some reading done for my classes, since i have torts, contracts, and property to deal with tomorrow. i have a long day of classes...but at least legal research is cancelled, and i don't have meetings eating up all of my time between classes like i had on thursday.

hopefully this week should not be as long as last week was.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

i should be in bed right now because i have to be at the bus stop by 7:30 tomorrow morning to get to SLU on time...second days of mock trial tournaments always start so early, even when the first day ends late. (second round all-loss was 10pm...we left a little bit after that.)

it is so weird, though, going back to my own home after judging a day of mock. i haven't gone home during a tournament since northwestern my second year, back in the day when it was still held at the daley center.

the first two rounds of the tournament were today. it was fun...i got to judge both rounds with the boy. :) i like judging with him. it's fun, and if the round is driving us crazy, we can complain to each other and know exactly what we mean. conversely, if something is fun, we've both seen it, and can comment on it and remember it. it's happy.

the first round we judged was an example of eminently solid mock trial for this early in the season. there were things that both teams could improve on, of course, but overall, it was a good trial, and they're both well on their way to a solid season. people were generally not on notes, there was lots of confidence in the roles, and it was just a well-executed trial for the first weekend in october.

the second round, however, made me want to cry. there was one funny part, the frankie gustavo who moonwalked his way to the stand, and winked at me both when he took the stand and when he left...i laughed hysterically, but it was so inappropriate for court. the rest of it, though, was no laughing matter. there were so many attorney performances that were on notes. a witness yelled at a crossing attorney. i watched an expert direct with no content whatsoever take place. i was so encouraged after that first round...and then the second round just took it all out of me. it was just one of those rounds that made me sad. i haven't had a round that drove me so crazy since ISU last year. they've got lots of time to improve, which i hope they take advantage of...but they've got a long way to go.

anyway...it's pushing twelve thirty. i need to go to bed, since i have to get up in six hours to get to the tournament tomorrow. wish me luck...i can't realistically require things to be better than first round, but please keep your fingers crossed i won't get winked at by a rogue liquor store owner tomorrow.

p.s...one non-mock story... we were waiting on lindell, across from SLU law, for the bus to come. it was coming down the street, so i was waving it down. a car from the other lane pulls over RIGHT next to us, i guess he was thinking i was waving at him or something?!?! didn't he see there was a HUGE FREAKING METROBUS right behind him?? anyway, that was the skeeviest thing i've seen in a while. i don't know why he was pulling over.

Friday, October 07, 2005

i just read on espn.com that Shingo Takatsu was paid $2,525,000 this year.

boy, i sure would like to be paid two and a half million dollars to be Not Very Good At My Job. that would rock.
neuticles!!

or, yay for the Ig Nobel Prize...for recognizing the awesomeness of fake DOG BALLS.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

my memo is a complete disaster. there is no way i will be able to have a draft that makes sense, much less does not suck, by 10am tomorrow. i will also not be able to get my contracts reading done by then.

i am too stupid to be a law student.
i just had a short chat with a guy in my classes. he made a passing comment about having no interest whatsoever in law review. we ended up talking about how our attitudes are basically "screw law review: i want to make trial team." he is the first person i have met with that attitude, and apparently i am the first person he has met with that attitude.

it makes me profoundly happy to know that someone else i know has this outlook as well.
today is a Long Day. a Board Certified Long Day. just take a look at my schedule...

9-10am--torts class
10:10-10:40 am--westlaw training
11am-12pm--contracts class
12-1pm--outlaw meeting
1-2pm--contracts outlining session
2-4pm--property class

and then i have to finish writing my twelve page memo, plus do whatever torts reading professor ellis sees fit to throw at us for tomorrow.

and i'm still sick.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

i'm a bitter, hateful little creature.
i'm getting sick...i don't feel like doing work today, but i have to. i have to get my Large Amounts of Reading done for all my classes for tomorrow, and i have to get my memo draft done for friday. i don't want to do it today, but tomorrow i will be sicker, so i may as well force myself to finish stuff today, no matter how much my throat hurts, no matter how much i'm on the verge of crying. i'm so frustrated today that this is a true life exchange between me and professor koby, my legal writing professor. this happened before class, when only about half the class was present when the class was supposed to start:

professor koby: "so, where is everyone?"
me: "probably in the bathroom, shooting themselves in the head because of everything we have to do this week."

yeah, i said that. to a prof.
my spring finals end may 5th.

ScavHunt is may 11th-14th.

sweet.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

instead of reading those really boring cases for property, why can't we read fun things like this section from Acts of Gord? we'll learn the same principles, only with material like this, we'll laugh hysterically in the process!!

(regular text is the moron customer. italicized text is our hero, the video game store owner who's amazingly good at telling stupid people that they are stupid.)

~~~~~~~~~~

"Good day."

"What's this about you claiming I stole your PlayStation!"

"Actually, all I did was an older English polite version of 'hello'. 'Good day' means 'hello' as saying 'hello' to someone you weren't formally introduced to prior was considered impolite in the 19th century."

"You told the police I stole your PlayStation!"

"Very well then. What is your phone number as I have no idea who you are."

"I don't have an account here."

"Then I would suggest the claim that I told the police you stole my PlayStation would be a conjecture of your imagination."

"I pawned my PlayStation, and when I went to pick it up, they said it was stolen from here."

"Very well then, how about I phone and ask what's going on."

[Gord phones the department of the police that handles property crime. It seems that the system in question was stolen a year earlier by someone who cancelled the card after renting. The system was reported stolen [and serial # given in case it ever turned up at a pawn shop] and the address the person gave was also false. They were holding it for me, and just hadn't brought it down yet. So in fact it was stolen, just not by her.]

"Well, that solves that problem. That machine was stolen by someone a year ago."

"Give it back to me or I'll sue!"

"First, it's not even here yet. Second, sue me for what?"

"That system wasn't yours anymore! I legally bought it!"

"Property ownership does not legally end at the unlawful removal of the property via theft. And as such, all future implied ownership transfers are on their face false, as my ownership is still the one that is accepted before the law."

"I'll sue! I own it!"

"You'll sue for what I may ask?"

"To get it back!"

"Under what act of the law will you use?"

"uhm.... I'll get a lawyer!"

"You'll spend $175 an hour on a hopeless cause for a $140 machine that you bought used? Oh, and welfare doesn't pay for lawyers. A court only gives you a lawyer if you are being criminally charged."



"You haven't heard the last of me!"

"Good day."

~~~~~~~~~~

opinion by the honourable justice Gord.

i swear, i've gotten so hooked on Acts of Gord. hilary told me about it today, and i think i've made my way through almost all the stories on the site over the course of the day. that's not to say i haven't been productive...i have done my torts homework for tomorrow, outlined the whole semester of contracts so far, and outlined about half of my twelve page memo for which i have a draft due on friday. but...when torts or contracts or the memo get way too boring, reading Acts of Gord is just the ticket.
my day has been made a whole lot better. it just sunk in that the SLU mock trial tournament is this friday and saturday! judging mock trial is shiny. i am going to be judging all four rounds at that tournament. therefore, if i can get through this week...the weekend will be shiny, and i'll probably have lots of fun stories to tell come saturday night.
no ticket for me. boo urns. i have to work.
what i should be doing all day: working my little tail off writing a memo and an outline that are due later this week

what i will be doing if, half an hour after the email was sent out, the ticket hasn't been given away yet: availing myself of a free ticket to a Cardinals playoff game.

i swear, if i get email during class telling me i can have the ticket, i'm going to start squeaking in the middle of torts class. playoff baseball is love.

Monday, October 03, 2005

i should just drop out before i flunk out.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

so, the results of the negotiation competition were sent out today.

my team did not make the finals.

as much as i tried to prepare myself, as much as i did not expect we would, i am still disappointed seeing it in print.

i'm trying not to cry...i think it'll be fine, until i verbalize it. once i say it, i'll lose it.

calm down, nicky.
two weirdnesses.

first of all, i'm watching love connection. chuck woolery is the host. i swear, he looks EXACTLY the same now, hosting new episodes of Lingo, as he did in the eighties hosting love connection. it's scary. he's like dick clark or something.

and, secondly, i forgot to tell an amazingly amusing metrolink story from last night. so, on the way out of the club, there was this random guy just handing out wrapped-up roses to people who walked past him. i took it, didn't know what i was going to do with that one stupid little probably-fake flower...i hate flowers. anyway, i'm drunk, i'm laughing... i get to the metro station. there was this guy there, i don't remember if he was a law student or not, but the conversation went something like this:

Random Guy: "hey...i saw you in the club...can i have your number?"
me: "no."
RG: "can i have your number?" ::tries to inch closer and continues to hit on me::
me: "no. i'm taken. you can't have my number."
RG: "please???"
me: "you can't have my number. you can have this..." ::shoves plastic-wrapped flower in guy's hand and starts to walk away::
RG: "does that mean i can have your number?"
me: "no. you can't have my number." ::walks away to another part of the platform::

that amused me. i love yanking the chains of pathetic fools who try to hit on me. :)
well, my negotiation in the contest is over, it just ended. it went about as well as it could have, given that i had no idea what i was doing, but i still don't understand the concept of having a negotiation competition. it was really weird, it felt like they had a lot of control over the entire thing because one of their guys talked a lot, but the judges didn't seen to hate us for that. besides, we would have looked like total jerks to get adversarial unless there was something they were recommending that was completely out of line. that happened once or twice, and roxie or i would have to refocus it, but crazily enough we found a good common interest between parents against drunk driving and drunky mcdrunkard (the football player we were representing...he had a real name, but i prefer drunky mcdrunkard.)

and, one of the judges loved the fact that i used the fact that our client was probably going to have his charges dropped, and conveniently did not mention that it was because the breathalyzer didn't work, and he was getting off on a technicality. i win. :)

anyway, i find out if we make the finals or not later today. somehow i doubt it, but i guess i can keep my fingers crossed.
this morning's the negotiation competition. wish me luck.

i'm just feeling really good that i dodged a major bullet, in that i feel good this morning: read, not hung over. last night one of the 1L's had won a party down at club buca, this place down on the landing. so, after happy hour, and then some hashing out of the negotiation problem over dinner, we went down there. granted, we did turn in early, but still...So Much Free Beer. we got down there around 8:30, and there was free beer until 10... we were some of the first 1Ls there, but finally around quarter to nine, it started to fill up with people we knew, and other random 1Ls that we met. it was lots of people from our section, given that the guy who was hosting is in my section.

then, maybe around 10:30 or so, they did this thing called Three Minute Bartender...where all of the parties that were there cheered for their leader, and the three loudest parties' leaders got to dispense as many beers and shots as they could in three minutes, and give them out to people. of course, since a large segment of the 1L class was there (including many of the people who are negotiating today, lol), we were one of the parties that got Three Minute Bartender. i did something at that point that i had never done before: Triple Fisting. i did not actually drink all of those free beers, but i felt nice and silly at least holding it for a while.

we left pretty early, so we could catch the last metrolink back in. that was a story in itself...the one that came by was only going to union station, but there was one last train about ten minutes later that went all the way. roxie and i met these two random women on the train, coming back from the cards game (and, apparently, from a night of drinking after the game...), they started telling random roller hockey stories, and about how they're so glad they divorced their husbands, and about how one of them is going to be a grandmother at the age of 39. they just told random stories, it was the most amusing thing.

anyway, that was my night last night. now it's time to make some breakfast, take a shower, and get ready to...ummm...negotiate stuff.